Paperless ticketing hurts fans - Michigan Ticket Fairness

Paperless ticketing hurts fans


A recent laser-pointer incident at a Detroit Lions’ game has caused the team to look deeper into their ticket policies which, among other things, could result in furthered use of paperless tickets by the team in the future.

Consider the Lions among the growing list of entertainers choosing to implement paperless ticketing practices for events that either subject fans to further fees or prevent them from transferring or even giving away their tickets all together. 

In 2011, the entire nation had only four shows feature the restrictive style of ticketing and none of them occurred in Michigan. Since then we have had 50 such shows take place here and a total of 1,678 have occurred around the country.

In Michigan, recent shows to feature the tickets include headliners Eric Church, Rascal Flatts, Ed Sheeran and the Black Keys. These types of shows are not restricted to specific venues either. The four artists listed above appeared at four separate sites: Van Andel Arena, DTE Energy Music Theatre, The Palace of Auburn Hills and Joe Louis Arena.

While 2014 only saw 11 examples of paperless ticketing in the state, down from 27 in 2013, there is no reason to believe the restrictive practice is going away. With the Lions as just one example of local sports teams using the style of ticketing, fans in Detroit and Michigan are sure to see paperless ticketing continue if they do not take action. 

Fans can stand up for their ticket rights by writing to local legislators and stating their support for an open ticket market in the state of Michigan. No longer should ticket monopolies hold all the rights over fans. 

2015 already has four shows scheduled that feature paperless ticketing. While none of these are in Michigan, it is only a matter of time until scheduled shows begin rolling in.

Tell your legislators today: if I bought it, I own it.

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